Colorado Authors’ League Fall Workshop

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Good to Great: Recipes for Top Notch Writing

Here’s a writing workshop that’s all about writing—taking your writing from good to great. You’ll deconstruct a well-crafted article to understand how choice of words, syntax, rhetorical devices,
organization and repetition all add to superior writing, and apply it to your own writing. You’ll learn how to create a simple plan to turn your hobby into a revenue stream and leave armed with the steps to make it happen. And take home 10 tips for taking your fiction to the next level.

When: Saturday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. – noon
Who: Colorado Authors’ League featuring experts and successful authors Sally Stich, Denise Vega and Jodi Torpey
Where: Plymouth Congregational Church, Colorado Blvd. and Hampden, Denver Cost: $45 for members; $55 for non-members; includes coffee, snacks and networking

How: Register online at http://www.coloradoauthors.org, or by mail to: Pam Novotny, 933 Pine St. Boulder, CO 80302
For info: http://www.coloradoauthors.org

Grow your Greatness: Let your hobby be your guide
Jodi Torpey
Is it possible to love your work as much as you love your hobby? The answer is yes if you discover how to make money writing about what you love to do. This one-hour session will help you make your writing more fulfilling and fun. You’ll learn how to create a simple plan to turn your hobby into a revenue stream and leave armed with the steps to make it happen.
Jodi, recipient of a 2010 CAL Writer Grant, learned to love her work when she moved from corporate writing to garden writing. She’s the author of The Colorado Gardener’s Companion (Globe Pequot Press, 2007). She writes for a host of magazines and newspapers including Horticulture, The American Gardener, Zone 4, Aquascape Lifestyles, Lawn & Garden Retailer, Landscape Management, Québec Vert, The Christian Science Monitor, American Cities Business Journals, and The Denver Post. She also is a contributing editor for
VegetableGardener.com and Learn2Grow.com

Learn from the Greats
Sally Stich
How often do you read a great author and say, “Why can’t I write like that?” In this seminar, we shall deconstruct a well crafted piece of writing (750-1000 words) to understand how choice of words, syntax, rhetorical devices, organization and repetition all add to superior writing. Understanding how to analyze a shorter piece can be applied to everything written—from essays to full-length novels—and ultimately to your own writing.
Sally Stich is a contributing editor at Woman’s Day and has been a freelance magazine writer for 27 years. Her stories have appeared in Parade, TIME, Ladies Home Journal, This Old House, Marie Claire and others. She also taught writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels at CU and DU for more than 20 years. She’s spoken at writers’ conferences around the country and will be speaking at the Annual ASJA conference in 2011 on essay writing.

Ten Tips for Award-Worthy Writing
Denise Vega
What does it take to be an award-winning writer in many contests with different judges who all think the writing jumps ahead of the pack? Although there isn’t a formula for writing an award-winning book (or for a bestseller for that matter), there are things you can do to ensure your book is the best it can possibly be. In this session, we’ll look at ten tips for taking your fiction to the next level, so that it resonates with readers everywhere.
Denise Vega’s books have won the Colorado Book Award, the Colorado Top Hand Award, the Living in Color Award, and other accolades. She writes for children through teens and currently has five books published with major publishers, with a sixth – a teen novel – due out next year. http://www.denisevega.com

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